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    Sorry for stealing the thread......and thanks for...

    Sorry for stealing the thread......and thanks for the advice. I just got off the phone with Adam and my tarp is next in line. Great service from HG as always!
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    Are those turn-around times only for quilts? I...

    Are those turn-around times only for quilts?

    I ordered a tarp on 8/18 and haven't heard anything back other than the original order confirmation. I know they're busy and don't want to bug them;...
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    Any update on the prototype timeframe? I know...

    Any update on the prototype timeframe?

    I know you swamped with orders right now (a really great problem to have that's a testament to the quality of your product). I'm just debating between...
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    Unfortunately, the only water source in the...

    Unfortunately, the only water source in the entire wilderness is Long Creek and a few smaller runoffs that are only wet after a rain. I haven't been there yet this year; but even in the best of years...
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    I second Flounder's recommendation. Hercules...

    I second Flounder's recommendation. Hercules Glades is one of my favorite backpacking loops.

    The Coy Bald trail head is my favorite and is closest to Branson. It's also VERY difficult to find if...
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    Looks like I'll have to miss this one :( I'm...

    Looks like I'll have to miss this one :( I'm finally all healed and healthy, but now work is getting in the way.

    Try to have fun without me :laugh:
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    Doing it Mother's Day weekend would probably not...

    Doing it Mother's Day weekend would probably not be a wise choice for me.

    Of course, any other weekend right now is at the discretion of my surgeon (hopefully I'll know Thursday).
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    My third time to the hang; and yet again a...

    My third time to the hang; and yet again a wonderful trip! My thanks to Smokehouse and the whole gang for putting together this great event every year.

    My photos are limited this year as I was...
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    My third time to the hang; and yet again a...

    My third time to the hang; and yet again a wonderful trip! My thanks to Smokehouse and the whole gang for putting together this great event every year.

    My photos are limited this year as I was...
  10. Sorry I'm a little late to the discussion; but...

    Sorry I'm a little late to the discussion; but I've often hammocked in Missouri State Parks and never had an issue. I will say though that I do tend to prefer the many beautiful and more peaceful...
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    A couple of years ago the campsite host/ranger...

    A couple of years ago the campsite host/ranger was more than happy to share a wee bit of my 12 year old single malt. So I think you're okay.

    Given the forecast, I'll bring my 10x10 pop-up; but...
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    I've found the instructions on this site...

    I've found the instructions on this site to be quite helpful. Especially the link near the bottom labeled handy Dutch oven temperature control chart.

    Oh......and the parchment paper that UncleMJM...
  13. Several years ago I simply got some 90*...

    Several years ago I simply got some 90* electrical conduit and still use that same system today.

    It's described in this post.

    Hope that helps.
  14. Well; I kinda doubt the guy in the video did a...

    Well; I kinda doubt the guy in the video did a good test -- not sure what species of mosquito thrives with 6" of snow on the ground :D

    But that is very similar to the homemade bugnet I use in...
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    Oh yeah!!!!!! I'll be there :woot:

    Oh yeah!!!!!! I'll be there :woot:
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    Mikedkc posted a nice video from a recent trip we...

    Mikedkc posted a nice video from a recent trip we made that had a nice "action shot" of the Gargoyle Footrest. Its about 2:30 into this video.

    Still comfy!!!!!
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    Hmmmmmm. I know I posted this last night; but its...

    Hmmmmmm. I know I posted this last night; but its not here now.

    So, once again, here's a link to the photos for this great trip. Enjoy!
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    I tried......Lord knows I tried!!! :lol: ...

    I tried......Lord knows I tried!!! :lol:

    Enjoy the Butterfield this weekend!
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    Very nice video. Thanks for the opportunity. ...

    Very nice video. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Mike and I had an absolutely great time! I'm especially anxious to go again in the spring as we saw a lot of very beautiful buy dry waterfalls along...
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    As promised, here's the photos from our outing. ...

    As promised, here's the photos from our outing.

    I tend to be rather selective; so of the 111 photos I took, I only published 13 of the best ones.

    Here they are -- hope you enjoy!
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    Just got back home and gotta say we had a great...

    Just got back home and gotta say we had a great time!

    Reunited with some old friends and made some new ones. Got some new ideas for gear and techniques. Weather was a bit cloudy/drizzly on...
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    Weather forecast...

    Weather forecast looks awesome for this weekend!

    See ya all mid-morning Saturday!

    p.s. here's a teaser:
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    No problem with tent campers -- as long as you...

    No problem with tent campers -- as long as you understand that we'll try and convert them to the dark side while they're there! Actually the site we're planning to use is actually somewhat better...
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    Yup; all of those roads have been closed since...

    Yup; all of those roads have been closed since June 19th! If you have to cross the Mighty Mo from the south (Kansas City way), the best place is to cross at St. Joseph MO on Highway 36. Take that...
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    October 12 Update: YES, I'LL BE THERE:...

    October 12 Update:

    YES, I'LL BE THERE:
    Walking Bear
    AtomicLlama
    BurningCedar
    cfi on the fly
    Dudorino
    Owl (+1)
    Skygzr
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    Glad to hear you'll make it. Walking Bear is...

    Glad to hear you'll make it. Walking Bear is traveling with limited access to the internet; so I'm taking the liberty of posting the current planned list of attendees. Keep in mind that some of these...
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    Doh! You are absolutely correct. I've never tried...

    Doh! You are absolutely correct. I've never tried trailhead 7 simply because I like to make it a longer loop overall; but yes, the elevation gain and slope should be much easier going that route.
    ...
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    I think the backcountry camping fee is $12 (but...

    I think the backcountry camping fee is $12 (but don't hold me to that exact figure). You pay it at the staffed fee station at the park entrance. They will give you a dated permit to be displayed on...
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    First of all -- thanks very much to Shane for...

    First of all -- thanks very much to Shane for setting this whole trip up. Even though I was one of the two "cripples" who skipped those last few miles, I had a really great time! And even better, I...
  30. Poll: Unfortunately it appears that I will not be...

    Unfortunately it appears that I will not be available that weekend after all. The boys and I are going to spend the weekend with my dad and help him with some major moving.

    Y'all have a great time!
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    Welcome Mike! Glad to see you made it. I ran...

    Welcome Mike! Glad to see you made it.

    I ran across Mike two weekends ago on the Butterfield Trail during a driving rainstorm. I'm jealous because he was far better prepared for the wet weather...
  32. Poll: This will be my first trip to ERL; but I'm going...

    This will be my first trip to ERL; but I'm going with a bunch of hikers experienced on the trail. I think we're doing the entire loop -- about 30 miles as I recall.

    We'll arrive Thursday evening...
  33. Poll: I'm a definite maybe :laugh: This coming...

    I'm a definite maybe :laugh:

    This coming weekend I'm doing Eagle Rock Loop in Arkansas; so we'll have to see if my knees and my wife will both agree to let me do two trips in a row. Frankly I'm...
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    Arrr matey! We'll fight 'em off with our Swiss...

    Arrr matey! We'll fight 'em off with our Swiss Army Knives and we'll string 'em from the yardarms with our whoopieslings we will!

    Sorry, Monday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day and I'm...
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    Ohhhh......Nice web site! I've already got it...

    Ohhhh......Nice web site! I've already got it bookmarked. I've hiked many of those myself; but there's some good looking trails I haven't explored yet on your list!
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    +1 -- Kamsnaps are great! A bit pricey if you...

    +1 -- Kamsnaps are great! A bit pricey if you only need one or two, but they seem to work better, attach more securely and are easier to install than any of the others I've tried.
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    Walking Bear: Please correct me if I'm wrong on...

    Walking Bear: Please correct me if I'm wrong on the location. I've attached a park map showing where the proposed campsite is located as well as where you should park.

    Its about a 3/4 mile hike to...
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    I think between myself and Walking Bear we can...

    I think between myself and Walking Bear we can make this thing happen.

    I certainly want to do it on a weekend that WB is around to enjoy at least a bit of it with us (after all, he is our host),...
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    Ohhhhh yeahhhhh! Sorry for the lack of...

    Ohhhhh yeahhhhh!

    Sorry for the lack of full-body lounging shots. This was a solo trip so I'm afraid you only get to see my grungy feet (which in thinking about it isn't necessarily a bad thing).
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    Just got back from the maiden voyage. Can you...

    Just got back from the maiden voyage.

    Can you say "happy feet" :D

    Thanks Gargoyle!
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    Version 89.328 just showed up in the mail today...

    Version 89.328 just showed up in the mail today :lol:

    Really a quality piece of gear. Timing is good too as I'm planning a trip this weekend to Paddy Creek Wilderness.

    And now Shane and I can...
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    I like two pullouts BUT only one stake. I tie one...

    I like two pullouts BUT only one stake. I tie one length of line between the two pullouts and then loop a second line for the actual stakeout line. Hard to describe; easy to see on the attached...
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    Great approach. I used to use a metal straight...

    Great approach. I used to use a metal straight edge when doing this. But I found that the metal "sucked up" the heat from the soldering gun, requiring either multiple passes or slower runs to get...
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    Looking very comfy :boggle: I just placed an...

    Looking very comfy :boggle:

    I just placed an order for one. Hope I get a "version 2". Thanks so much for your creativity!
  45. Congratulations Shug!!! I had little doubt that...

    Congratulations Shug!!! I had little doubt that you'd win -- but it's still really nice to see one of our own and such a deserving guy get a little notoriety.

    Just try and remember us "little...
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    I never got ANY notification on the expiration. ...

    I never got ANY notification on the expiration.

    The only email I got was when another member tried to PM me. I then got an email saying that someone tried to PM me but my inbox was 100% full.
    ...
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    Well, I ain't got a "rope laboratory" to do any...

    Well, I ain't got a "rope laboratory" to do any scientific experiments; but I used the information in that chart to build my own DynaGlide whoopie slings and my 200 pounds hasn't hit the earth...
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    Attached below are the specs for various cordage...

    Attached below are the specs for various cordage that I use. I've forgotten who first prepared this chart; but I find it very helpful.
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    Hey mods; please try and find a way to fix this....

    Hey mods; please try and find a way to fix this. I too just got unexpectedly blasted back to mere mortal status. :crying

    Only way I found out was when a friend tried to PM me and it was rejected...
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    Nice pics! Looks like you all had a great time....

    Nice pics! Looks like you all had a great time. Wish I could have joined you -- but maybe in September. Lookin' forward to it! :D
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